We’ve created a new art installation for the JQ station which will be welcoming visitors to the Jewellery Quarter for years to come. This blog is about the design process and our inspirations behind the artwork.
The artwork showcases the work of Birmingham artists who attended a lino printing workshop by Collette McCann and Beth Ingleton; avid lino printers and designers from Birmingham City University.
The artists were from JQ Heritage Creatives, an art project which first started in lockdown as an online session for Birmingham based artists, with workshops facilitated by multi-disciplinary artist Tom Tyrell, to create art inspired by the history of the Jewellery Quarter. This project was funded and supported by ATHAC, The Hive, JQ Townscape Heritage Project and JQ Cemeteries Project.
The workshop involved a trip around the Waterstone Lane Cemetery to discover the use of symbols and to seek inspiration for their designs to showcase and celebrate the rich history and beauty in the cemeteries. From sketching in the cemeteries to lino cutting and printing their designs, the artists have each explored a new printing method and together, produced a collection that celebrates the heritage of the Jewellery Quarter Cemeteries.
The finished Artwork will be installed soon on Platform 1 – keep an eye out for it’s appearance!